Gabriel Josipovici, who’s excellent new book What Ever Happened to Modernism? has caused headlines in the Guardian and the Evening Standard (and now the Christian Science Monitor), wrote on his relationship to Israel in the essay ‘Cousins’ for the Independent Jewish Voices’ book A Time to Speak Out:
For good or ill we are the products of our past. On a recent visit to Israel I spent a week with a distinguished novelist touching seventy who was also a Holocaust survivor. ‘They penned us into ghettos in Europe and then exterminated us’, he told me, ‘and now they are planning to do the same in the Middle East’. I asked him who ‘they’ were. ‘The forty million Arabs’, he said. The second week of my stay I spent with Israeli-born friends in Tel Aviv, a couple in their forties. ‘The disastrous policies our governments have pursued for so many years’, they said to me, ‘have set back the possibility of our children and grandchildren ever growing up in peace. Maybe our greatgrandchildren will, but we won’t be there to see it.’
You can read the whole essay here.